Members of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center are interested in the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of large-scale human disturbance on wild vertebrate populations. Current lab projects are primarily focused on understanding the evolutionary implications of urbanization for wildlife in the New York City metropolitan area. We study urban populations as model systems of rapid microevolution, but also aim to provide data for urban conservation and restoration efforts. To this end we collaborate with local government agencies and non-profits. See the lab Research and Publications pages for more information on current and past projects. The TED ED video below gives a brief introduction for non-scientists.
NEWS & NOTESLAB MOVES TO FORDHAM UNIVERSITY!
As of 31 August 2013, the Munshi-South lab has moved to the Louis Calder Center at Fordham University.
3/19/14: University of Delaware
3/31/14: Yale Climate & Energy Institute
4/4/14: Hofstra University
Jason contributed his predictions to New York magazine of mammals that will recolonize NYC in the near future.
Jason contributed comments to an article in SciArt in America about the online art project Electric Sheep.
Preprint posted on urban park size and genetic variation in NYC white-footed mice. Comments welcome!
The lab's research was featured in a photo essay in Conservation magazine.
New paper on signatures of selection in transcriptomes now published in PLOS One! Also see Carl Zimmer's previous coverage of this work on his NatGeo Phenomena blog.
Ph.D. candidate Corentin Bohl successfully defended his dissertation on ecological niche modeling and landscape genetics of monk parakeets on August 27th. Congratulations Dr. Bohl!
On August 29th, Fantastic Futures and Jason Munshi-South present a multi-channel sound performance and installation at Eyebeam based on their iLab residency at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
In June, Jason spoke at the American Society of Mammalogists conference in Philadelphia during a special session on "Recent Advances in Mammalogy". He also presented in an Ignite! session on urban ecology at the Ecological Society of America conference in Minneapolis in August. Click on the links to view / download slides from FigShare.
Announcing new project on the cityscape genomics of NYC rats! See our guest blog post on Rob Dunn's "Your Wild Life" blog describing the project in preparation for the upcoming working group on domestic and urban evolution at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
Brittney Kajdacsi was awarded a 3-year, $15k fellowship from the Mianus River Gorge Research Assistantship Program to conduct her dissertation research on landscape genomics of urban and suburban stream salamanders!
Preprint posted on rapid evolution of the transcriptome of urban white-footed mice. All constructive criticism appreciated!
New paper on conservation genetics of dusky salamanders in NYC published in PeerJ.
Photo: Ellen Pehek